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Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, appeared in Chris Cuomo's CNN talk show on Thursday. After he first denied asking Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, the former mayor of New York turned around and said: & # 39; of course I did & # 39;

Rudy Giuliani gave a bizarre interview on national television on Thursday in which he initially denied asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden – but turning himself around seconds later.

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Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who is a lawyer for Donald Trump, went on television in the midst of a series of reports about a whistleblower in the intelligence community claiming that during a telephone conversation, the president reported a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; commented to a foreign leader.

Giuliani told me CNN host Chris Cuomo in a tense exchange that he wanted Ukraine to investigate or when Vice President Biden had fired a prosecutor to protect his son's business interests in a Ukrainian gas company.

Giuliani initially denied this, but turned himself around seconds later.

"Have you asked the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?" Cuomo asked Giuliani.

"No, I didn't actually do that. I asked Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the 2016 elections by the Ukrainians for Hillary Clinton, for which there is already a judicial finding, "Giuliani replied.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, appeared in Chris Cuomo's CNN talk show on Thursday. After he first denied asking Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, the former mayor of New York turned around and said: & # 39; of course I did & # 39;

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Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, appeared in Chris Cuomo's CNN talk show on Thursday. After he first denied asking Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, the former mayor of New York turned around and said: & # 39; of course I did & # 39;

"Have you never asked anything about Hunter Biden? Have you never asked anything about Joe Biden and his role with the public prosecutor? & # 39; Early Cuomo.

"The only thing I asked Joe Biden was to find out why Lutsenko, who had been appointed, rejected the case," said Giuliani.

"So you asked Ukraine to look at Joe Biden?" Cuomo pressed.

& # 39; Of course I did, & # 39; said Giuliani.

The former mayor then said that although he did not ask & # 39; that Biden would be specifically investigated, he had asked the Ukrainian government to investigate the allegations related to my client, as a result of which Joe Biden was tangentially involved in a massive bribery arrangement.

Giuliani claimed that the former vice president & # 39; had bribed the president of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son & # 39 ;.

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Giuliani and Cuomo exchanged heated jabs, with the former mayor hosting a & # 39; sale & # 39; called.

He also called CNN & # 39; corrupt & # 39; because he had not investigated Biden's alleged ties with the cousin of Whitey Bulger, the old Boston area mafia character.

Giluiani probably refers to James Bulger, who leads the Thornton Group, a Massachusetts-based advisory group.

Hunter Biden and James Bulger belonged to a group of well-connected Americans, including Christopher Heinz, the step-son of former Secretary of State John Kerry, who founded a private equity firm that made a series of investments in China more than 10 years ago.

Author Peter Schweizer writes in his book Secret Empires: How the American political class hides corruption and enriches family and friends that the company has made a deal with the state bank of China to set up a joint investment fund of $ 1.5 billion.

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The deal took place in 2013, when Joe Biden was vice president and Kerry was state secretary.

Hunter Biden's business transactions in China are seen by some as one of the reasons why Joe Biden has taken a positive stance on economic ties with Asian power.

Giuliani and other Trump allies have complained about the lack of media coverage of Bidens' connections with Ukraine.

When Joe Biden was vice president, his son, Hunter, had a directorship for a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings.

In 2014, the owner of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, was investigated for corrupt transactions involving the company.

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A year later, Viktor Shokin was named the best public prosecutor in Ukraine, inheriting the investigation into Burisma.

Social media conservatives have noted in recent months that Biden threatened to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine if the Shokin government did not fire.

Some have gone further and spread a conspiracy theory stating that Biden has fired Shokin to protect his son Hunter's business interests in Burisma.

Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate the alleged role of the former vice president in a Ukrainian investigation into a gas company in which his son, Hunter, had a board. Joe Biden (right) and Hunter Biden (left) can be seen above in Washington, DC in April 2016

Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate the alleged role of the former vice president in a Ukrainian investigation into a gas company in which his son, Hunter, had a board. Joe Biden (right) and Hunter Biden (left) can be seen above in Washington, DC in April 2016

Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate the alleged role of the former vice president in a Ukrainian investigation into a gas company in which his son, Hunter, had a board. Joe Biden (right) and Hunter Biden (left) can be seen above in Washington, DC in April 2016

Viktor Shokin, the former prosecutor of Ukraine
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Viktor Shokin, the former prosecutor of Ukraine

Yuriy Lutsenko, the successor to Shokin

Yuriy Lutsenko, the successor to Shokin

In 2014, Viktor Shokin (left), the highest prosecutor, investigated the owner of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden had a board. Joe Biden led international efforts to get Shokin fired. He was replaced by Yuriy Lutsenko (right), who dropped the investigation into the owner of Burisma

Although Biden threatened to withhold $ 1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine unless Shokin was fired, he did so with the support of other Western countries and international institutions who saw Shokin as someone who was not tough enough for corruption.

Shokin's replacement, Yuriy Lutsenko, dropped the probe at Zlochevsky, who has denied all abuses.

There is a growing consensus among the pundit class in Washington that the whistleblower incident is somehow related to Ukraine.

With the intelligence community inspector refusing to reveal which foreign leader accuses whistleblower president Trump of having made a secret promise, commentators and critics pointed to Ukraine on Thursday.

Three congress committees previously announced an investigation into whether Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani took action to pressurize & # 39; the government of Ukraine to support the president's re-election campaign & # 39 ;.

That fact alone raised the possibility that Ukraine could be involved, because the government and Democrats in Congress were opposed to the Trump government's refusal to reveal a mystery claim by an information whistler who is now generally told about the president himself.

The democratically run commissions asked the White House for details of the Trump phone call on 25 July with Ukrainian President Zelinksy.

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That call took place days before the whistleblower filed a complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community on August 12, accusing Trump of promising an as yet unknown foreign leader.

President Donald Trump spoke to the President of Ukraine on July 25, days before a whistleblower filed a complaint about a promise he made to the head of an unknown country.

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who is a lawyer for Trump, told it CNN host Chris Cuomo in a tense exchange that he actually asked Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden.

Giuliani initially denied this, but turned himself around seconds later.

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"Have you asked the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?" Cuomo asked Giuliani.

"No, I didn't actually do that. I asked Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the 2016 elections by the Ukrainians for Hillary Clinton, for which there is already a judicial finding, "Giuliani replied.

"Have you never asked anything about Hunter Biden? Have you never asked anything about Joe Biden and his role with the public prosecutor? & # 39; Early Cuomo.

"The only thing I asked Joe Biden was to find out why Lutsenko, who had been appointed, rejected the case," said Giuliani.

"So you asked Ukraine to look at Joe Biden?" Cuomo pressed.

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& # 39; Of course I did, & # 39; said Giuliani.

The former mayor then said that although he did not ask & # 39; that Biden would be specifically investigated, he had asked the Ukrainian government to investigate the allegations related to my client, as a result of which Joe Biden was tangentially involved in a massive bribery arrangement.

When Joe Biden was vice president, his son, Hunter, had a directorship for a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings.

In 2014, the owner of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, was investigated for corrupt transactions involving the company.

A year later, Viktor Shokin was named the best public prosecutor in Ukraine, inheriting the investigation into Burisma.

Social media conservatives have noted in recent months that Biden threatened to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine if the Shokin government did not fire.

Some have gone further and spread a conspiracy theory stating that Biden has fired Shokin to protect his son Hunter's business interests in Burisma.

Although Biden threatened to withhold $ 1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine unless Shokin was fired, he did so with the support of other Western countries and international institutions who saw Shokin as someone who was not tough enough for corruption.

Shokin's replacement, Yuriy Lutsenko, dropped the probe at Zlochevsky, who has denied all abuses.

There is a growing consensus among the pundit class in Washington that the whistleblower incident is somehow related to Ukraine.

George Conway, a Trump critic and the husband of President Kellyanne Conway's counselor, Retweeted various messages pointing the finger at Ukraine.

One was a tweet from the old Washington Post diplomatic correspondent, Jackson Diehl, who wrote Thursday: & Here is again Washpost's article about how Trump tried to force the President of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden by military withhold help. & # 39;

It was a reference to the government that had $ 250 million in Congress-appropriated funds for the country, which has tense relations with Russia.

The BBC correspondent in Kiev, Jonah Fisher tweeted: & # 39; Is the Ukrainian President of Ukraine about to be sucked into American politics? Could Trump-Zelensky's call be the one that led to the US whistleblower complaint? & # 39;

None of the commentators said they had found evidence that the whistleblower's complaint related to Ukraine.

Conway has also posted an online survey: & # 39;Given all the stupid and nutty and inappropriate things that @realDonaldTrump has said to the world on television and Twitter, is he stupid and crazy enough to say something inappropriate in a safe way with a foreign leader? & # 39;

He also retweeted long-term correspondent Laura Rozen, who was sent to the Independents report on Ukraine, and that the panel chairman wants to take a closer look at the phone call from Trump and Ukraine.

& # 39;If this really happened, @realDonaldTrump should be immediately dropped off and removed from office, & Conway wrote.

Conway & # 39; s post drew a response from former National Security Council employee and CNN commentator Samantha Vinograd. & # 39; Trump has recently seized $ 250 billion for security assistance to Ukraine & # 39 ;, she wrote.

HOW TRUMP CALL FOR UKRAINE PRESIDENT CAN ADAPT WITH THE COMPLAINT OF WHISTLEBLOWER

What we know about the call: The call was made on July 25.

What we know about the complaint: the complaint was registered on 12 August

The call was for a & # 39; world leader & # 39 ;.

The call was to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky

It cannot be excluded that the complaint relates to President Trump

The call was made by President Trump

The complaint was about a & # 39; series of actions & # 39; and not just about the call

A series of known actions surround the conversation.

Two days after the call, Kurt Volker, the special envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between Ukraine and Russia, visited Kiev and met Zelensky.

It was like that the next day unveiled by Politico that the Trump government had suspended a package of military aid to Ukraine.

At the beginning of August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in particular Volker, facilitated a meeting in Madrid between Rudi Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, and Andriy Yermak, an ally of Zelensky. Giuliani tweeted on August 3 from Santa Cruz del Retamar, 40 miles from Madrid.

Giuliani acknowledged later that month that he had told Yermak that the country's government should investigate claims of corruption by Hunter Biden and attempts by Hillary Clinton & # 39; s campaign to find dirt on Trump in 2016. He told the New York Times he had strongly insisted & # 39; & # 39; on Yermak, & # 39; just investigate the damn things. & # 39; He claimed that he was acting as a private person, although the Foreign Ministry eventually said it had facilitated the meeting.

The complaint may not relate to & # 39; members of the intelligence community & # 39 ;.

The president is not considered a member of the intelligence community. Vokler works for the State Department; Giuliani is a private individual.

The complaint may not relate to an & # 39; intelligence activity & # 39; according to the director of the office of the national intelligence service

A call between the president and the foreign leader is not a & # 39; intelligence activity & # 39 ;. The actions of other government officials – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – and private American citizens – Giuliani – may also not be an & # 39; intelligence activity & # 39; because they are not members of the intelligence community

The complaint falls under the concept of & # 39; privilege & # 39; and & # 39; confidentiality & # 39; according to the DNI office

The very first claim of executive privilege – by George Washington – was more than conversations with foreign governments, so Trump would follow a precedent that goes back to the Founding Fathers by saying that talking to a foreign leader is privileged. His dealings with Giuliani as his lawyer would be subject to a lawyer-client privilege

The Director of the National Intelligence Agency refused to exclude that the complaint concerns an area that is already being investigated

The House Intelligence Committee announced an investigation in the call and actions of Trump in Ukraine on September 9, to be held together with the Foreign Affairs and Surveillance committees

Washington Post, long-time political reporter Karen Tumulty, has retweeted a Post-op-ed entitled: & # 39; Trump is trying to force Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections & # 39 ;.

Washington lawyer and blogger Susan Simpson wrote: “I know there are many plausible speculations that the whistleblower's complaint relates to Trump's July 31 call with (Vladimir) Putin, but after reading the letter from IG, I am more worried about the July 25 call from Trump with the president of Ukraine, Zelensky. & # 39;

That prompted former Obama CIA and spokesman Ned Price of the National Security Council to write: & # 39; The new data point of & # 39; The New York Times & – that this relates to a series of events – makes this scenario quite attractive. Anyway, it is striking that within a week of each other, Trump participated in two phone calls that looked suspicious to the naked eye. & # 39;

Democrats are investigating whether Trump has pushed Ukraine to investigate Hunter Hunter, vice president Joe Biden

Democrats are investigating whether Trump has pushed Ukraine to investigate Hunter Hunter, vice president Joe Biden

Democrats are investigating whether Trump has pushed Ukraine to investigate Hunter Hunter, vice president Joe Biden

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced his intention to go to Ukraine this year to raise the issue

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced his intention to go to Ukraine this year to raise the issue

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced his intention to go to Ukraine this year to raise the issue

The newspaper reported that the whistleblower's claim related to & # 39; multiple actions that went beyond a single promise to a world leader & # 39; – a potentially important piece of information about the country to which it refers.

That seems to cease in the case of Ukraine, given a number of contacts on the issue in recent months.

The President of Ukraine has pushed back against reports that Trump has withheld military resources while demanding a probe to help his presidential campaign.

& # 39; Now we can say that we have very good relations with the US, because we now get not only $ 250 million but (an extra) $ 140 million & # 39 ;, he said, Independent reported. & # 39; If you wait for $ 250 million you have the option to get $ 390 million, I love this type of relationship, & # 39; said Zelensky. & # 39; I am sure we will have a meeting at the White House because I was invited, & # 39; he added.

The focus on Ukraine – a country whose politics were already present in the 2016 elections due to the work of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch – caused a whistleblower about the whistleblower story.

The director of the national intelligence service on Thursday refused to provide Congress with details of the & # 39; urgent & # 39; claim by a whistleblower about a secret promise that President Trump was reportedly a foreign leader, the legislators said.

The IG took the position that Democrats expressed as stonewalling, after consultation with the White House and the top lawyers of the Ministry of Justice, it was reported Thursday.

Opposite the roadblock, House information chairman Rep. Adam Schiff from California threatened to sue the administration on Thursday.

The stalemate escalated towards Thursday, culminating in reports that the presumed actions of the president that led the whistleblower to come forward involved several steps that went beyond the leader of a single country.

Schiff, a favorite target of Trump, told reporters that the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, took the unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress, despite whistleblower laws reporting to Congress of legitimate complaints require.

& # 39; The whole point of the whistleblower statute is not only to encourage people to report problems, abuses, and violations of laws, but also to have a legal mechanism to do this and not to disclose secret information – because there is no other cure, & # 39; said Schiff. after the legislators have scheduled the IG privately for the intelligence community.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), President of the House Intelligence Service, overturned the National Intelligence Director's decision not to share a whistleblower complaint, but reported that President Donald Trump was involved despite the statutes that require reporting to Congress set

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), President of the House Intelligence Service, overturned the National Intelligence Director's decision not to share a whistleblower complaint, but reported that President Donald Trump was involved despite the statutes that require reporting to Congress set

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), President of the House Intelligence Service, overturned the National Intelligence Director's decision not to share a whistleblower complaint, but reported that President Donald Trump was involved despite the statutes that require reporting to Congress set

The decision to withhold Congress information came after the White House weighed CNN reported.

The White House Counsel and the Office of Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Justice were both involved in the decision and, according to the report, have examined this with the director of the national intelligence service.

It was not immediately clear whether the White House lawyers told DNI to assert a privilege and withhold the information. In other democratic congress inquiries, White House lawyers and the Department of Justice have made administrative officials claim that they have an & # 39; absolute immunity & # 39; have to testify.

Schiff's complaints came after the IG, Michael Atkinson, whom he said earlier he & # 39; urgently & # 39; refused to confirm the public reports on the whistleblower's complaint to the legislators.

Under pressure from legislators, he told them that he could not confirm the whistleblower's complaint about the president.

The New York Times reported that Atkinson did allow the complaint to relate to multiple actions that went beyond a single promise to a world leader.

The DNI office wrote to legislators that the whistleblower complaint is related to confidential and potentially privileged communication by persons outside the intelligence community.

Schiff destroyed the push-back and threatened to prosecute. & # 39; There is no privilege that covers whether the White House is involved in trying to suppress a whistleblower complaint & # 39 ;, he said.

His complaint followed private meetings with the IG.

The IG wrote to Schiff on September 9 and explained that he found that the complaint met the definition of an & # 39; urgent concern & # 39 ;. But he also revealed a split with the DNI, which did not forward the information to Congress. The decision of the Acting DNI & # 39; appears to be inconsistent with previous practices & # 39 ;, he wrote.

Amid the lack of hard public information, speculation swirled around which leader the president might have made a promise to. Immediate speculation focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump spoke by telephone in a telephone conversation in which a short reading from the White House said they were discussing Siberian forest fires.

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint – saying that he would know better than to get rid of something inappropriate when others were on the line.

Trump said in tweets that only & # 39; stupid & # 39; people believe the version of the events that appeared in the Washington Post and criticized the complaint for & # 39; harassment & # 39 ;.

& # 39; Another Fake News story – it never ends! Almost every time I call a foreign leader, I understand that many people can listen from different American agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem! & # 39; he said.

& # 39; Knowing all this, someone is stupid enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader during such a potential & # 39; heavily populated & # 39; call. I would only do what is right and only do good for the US! & # 39;

HOW THE TRUMP & # 39; WHISTLEBLOWER & # 39; SCANDAL PERFORMED

August 12: The inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, receives a complaint from a & # 39; member of the intelligence community & # 39; – someone who works for one of the 17 agencies including the CIA and the FBI, but not the White House or Congress. At the time, Donald Trump is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey

August 15: Dan Coats serves his last day as director of National Intelligence, and is replaced by in an acting capacity by Joseph Maguire

August 26: Atkinson forwards the complaint to Maguire, which he is legally obliged to do if he & # 39; urgently & # 39; and & # 39; credible & # 39; finds

2 September (Labor Day): The legal term for Maguire to pass the complaint to Congress expires

September 9th: Inspector General writes to the intelligence committees of the House and the Senate and tells them that he has received a complaint from a member of the intelligence community – but not what it is

September 10: House Intel committee chairman Adam Schiff writes to Maguire and demands information about the complaint

the 13th of September: Maguire writes an unclassified letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the intelligence committees and says that the complaint does not need to be disclosed because it was not a & # 39; allegations of conduct by an intelligence community member or an intelligence activity under the supervision of the DNI concerned & # 39 ;. He also says that the DNI lacks & # 39; unilateral authority & # 39; to send the complaint to Congress

September 13 evening: Schiff issues a summons to Maguire and demands that he testify to the House Intelligence Committee. He writes to Maguire and says that the DNI office has refused to exclude that it is Trump and that it is an & # 39; field of active investigation by the & # 39; commission.

September the 17th: Maguire's general counsel writes to Schiff and tells him two important things. The first is that the complaint & # 39; related to behavior of someone outside the intelligence community and did not relate to intelligence activities under the supervision of the DNI & # 39 ;. This means that the DNI says that it is not the inspector general's fault at all. The second is that it concerns & # 39; confidential and potentially privileged matters that relate to the interests of other stakeholders within the executive branch & # 39 ;. And he says the conclusion has been reached after consultation with the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Bill Barr.

September the 17th: Atkinson writes to Schiff that he and Maguire & # 39; in an impasse & # 39; sit about the complaint. He calls the complaint & # 39; credible & # 39; and & # 39; urgent & # 39 ;, he says that the opinion of the IG is that it indeed relates to & # 39; an intelligence activity & # 39; but that the DNI's decision that it does not bind its hands. He says he has asked for Congress & # 39; the main topic & # 39; of the complaint, but that he was not allowed to do so. He says he fears that the whistleblower runs the risk of retaliation, but is not protected

September 18 during the day: Schiff writes to Maguire and says he will accept his testimony on September 26

September 18, 9 p.m. The Washington Post says the complaint relates to & # 39; Trump & # 39; s communication with a foreign leader & # 39 ;.

19 September 9 am: Atkinson meets the House Intel committee behind closed doors. He tells them that the complaint certainly falls within his jurisdiction, but not what it is

19 September 10.47 am: Trump tweets a denial of misconduct and says: & # 39; … is someone stupid enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader during such a potential & # 39; heavily populated & # 39; call. I would only do what is right and only do good for the US! & # 39;

September 19, 3 p.m. The New York Times reports that the complaint relates to & # 39; a series of actions that go beyond a single discussion with a foreign leader & # 39 ;.

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader made in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader made in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader made in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint

Schiff told reporters that the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, took the & # 39; unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress & # 39 ;. The New York Times reported that Atkinson allowed the complaint to relate to multiple actions that went beyond a single promise to a world leader

Schiff told reporters that the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, took the & # 39; unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress & # 39 ;. The New York Times reported that Atkinson allowed the complaint to relate to multiple actions that went beyond a single promise to a world leader

Schiff told reporters that the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, took the & # 39; unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress & # 39 ;. The New York Times reported that Atkinson allowed the complaint to relate to multiple actions that went beyond a single promise to a world leader

One of the newspaper sources said that Trump made a & # 39; promise & # 39; was so serious that it led to submission to the inspector general of the intelligence community.

Two former US officials who were familiar with the case told it Washington Post about the episode.

One of the officials said the promise was made in a telephone conversation. The name of the foreign leader and the topic of the discussion is unknown. It is known that Trump was in contact with more than half a dozen foreign leaders at the time of the August 12 complaint.

World leaders Trump spoke around the time of the & # 39; promise & # 39; whistleblower claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

French president Emmanuel Macron

Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Tani

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sis of Egypt

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (exchanged letters)

Trump was on vacation at the time in his bed minister, N.J. golf club. He spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that morning and on two other occasions in the days before.

The US president has also held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the preceding weeks.

A White House lecture from Trump & # 39; s call with Putin said they discussed Siberia's forest fires and trade. But a statement from the Kremlin suggested that they talked about those issues and normalized relations between the two countries.

Trump had a call on July 25 with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.

Three Democratic House Committee Chairmen, including Schiff, are investigating the alleged & # 39; attempts to manipulate the Ukrainian judicial system for the President's re-election campaign and targeting a potential political opponent & # 39; and have reports and transcripts of the call sought, as well as interactions between Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the Ukrainian government.

Ned Price, a former CIA official and spokesman for the National Security Council for Barack Obama, pointed to the discrepancy and suspected in a tweet on Tuesday evening that the Putin call inspired the unknown whistleblower to come forward.

The president also met the Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Tani, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte just before the whistleblower complaint and exchanged letters with North Korean President Kim Jong un.

The scuffle has implications beyond who Trump spoke to and what he said: the director of the national intelligence agency did not make the whistleblower complaint known to Congress. Publication of such complaints is mandatory.

The whistleblower complaint was first filed on August 12 with Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the intelligence service (ICIG), says Adam Schiff, president of the intelligence service.

Last week Schiff, a Californian democrat, acting director of National Intelligence (DNI), accused Joseph Maguire of incorrectly withholding the information.

According to federal law, the DNI must file a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence committees of Congress within seven days if this is identified by the ICIG as a & # 39; urgent concern & # 39; is considered to.

Schiff says, however, that Maguire did not forward the complaint to Congress on September 2 as required by law.

On August 26, the ICIG judged the complaint & # 39; not only credible, but also urgent & # 39; and forwarded it to DNI Maguire, but he never found his way to Congress, says Schiff.

Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff

Joseph Maguire, acting director of National Intelligence

Joseph Maguire, acting director of National Intelligence

Rep. Adam Schiff (left) has accused Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire (right) of wrongfully withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress

In a letter of September 10 to the office of the director of the national intelligence service, Schiff demanded the document and implied that it was hidden in the direction of the White House to prevent the officials from looking bad.

& # 39; The recent experience of the committee has raised concerns about inappropriate efforts by the White House to influence your office and the intelligence community & # 39 ;, Schiff wrote.

But Maguire refused and said the complaint relates to confidential and potentially privileged communication, Schiff said.

Schiff said that Maguire further argued that the complaint was about someone who did not belong to the intelligence community and that the whistleblower statute was therefore not applicable.

On September 13, Schiff issued a writ of summons demanding a copy of the complaint, with a deadline of September 17.

Maguire refused to respond to the summons, causing Schiff to summon a hearing on the case on Thursday.

Schiff says the commission & # 39; will do everything & # 39; to get the complaint.

& # 39; The ICIG has determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent and that it must be passed on to Congress according to the clear letter of the law. The committee attaches the utmost importance to the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress, "Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday.

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